The Bombay HC observed that public health and safety were at risk, and said it was the state government who needed to ensure that provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Food Safety and Standards Act were not breached or violated.
The court was hearing petitions on illegal abattoirs operating across the city and on animal slaughter being carried out in a painful manner.
Justice Dharmadhikari said fishermen do not sell fresh fish and there should be a surprise check conducted by officials. “Fish, meat and everything… the officers should carry out checks time to time.”
Counsel for the BMC, Anil Sakhare informed the court that civic officials conduct periodic checks on all shops. In three years, around 700 FIRs were lodged against shops carrying out slaughter without required permissions.
Justice Dharmadhikari further added that several places in the city were there where slaughter shops threw carcasses and garbage on the roads and said that BMC should make sure they are disposed of properly.
The bench directed BMC to file an affidavit and asked the government to take up the issue with every municipal corporation and district council. The matter will come up for hearing in court again on November 2.